More than 23 million rides are provided annually by Iowa's transit systems. Public transit service is provided in every county in Iowa. Iowa transit systems rely on state and federal transit assistance to make rides available and affordable for Iowans. Local support such as tax revenue, fares, and donations provide a large share of agencies' operating budgets.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Monday, March 16, 2020

Iowa Public Transit Association has been monitoring and seeking out best practices in the response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The following resources are available to help assist with policies and plans to assist your agency in planning and communicating to your clients.


Sample Policies

Policies were provided by different transit agencies and we appreciate their willingness to share. Please note to follow any recommendations from your local county public health department.


HR and Resource Guidance

Davis Brown Law firm has created a webpage that shares resources and past presentations to address business and HR issues surrounding COVID-19. Resources are available by www.davisbrownlaw.com/coronavirus-resources for the most up-to-date legal content including blogs and webinar recordings:

  • Employers - OSHA, ADA, FMLA, and PTO policies from legal and practical standpoints
  • Healthcare providers - staffing, supply inventory, funding, and CMS guidance


FTA Region 7 Update

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that expanded eligibility of federal assistance is available under FTA’s Emergency Relief Program to help transit agencies respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in states where the Governor has declared an emergency. This includes allowing all transit providers, including those in large urban areas, to use federal formula funds for emergency-related capital and operating expenses and raises the cap on the federal government’s share of those expenses. View more here.


Other Resources